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A '''Ministry of Defence''' or '''Defense''' (see American and British English spelling differences#-ce.2C -se|spelling differences), also known as a '''Department of Defence''' or '''Defense''', is the common name for a part of the government found in Sovereign state|states where the government is divided into Ministry (government department)|ministries or departments, responsible for matters of defence. Such a department usually includes all branches of the military, and is usually controlled by a Defence Minister, Minister of Defence, or Secretary of Defense. Historically, such departments were referred to as a '''Ministry of War''' or '''Department of War''', although such departments generally had authority only over the army of a country, with a separate department governing other military branches. Prior to WWII, most "Ministries of War" were Army ministries, while the Navy and the Air Force, if it existed as a separate branch, had...
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